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Play Mavic Pro 4K Video on iPad Series

Play Mavic Pro 4K Video on iPad Series

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The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that can shoot up to 4096 x 2160 4K video at 30 frames per second with a video bitrate of 60Mbps. And the 4K video is compressed with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 in MOV wrapper. When the shooting is completed, people can download the video files via the SDCard Adapter directly to their iPad for viewing on the move, however, a lot of user complain that their iPad fails to play the Mavic Pro 4K video just as the cast listed below:

“I have done my first recording with My DJI Mavic Pro. So I downloaded the video files via Lightning SDCard Adapter directly to my iPad (Air, ios 10.3, 44 GB free space). I tried different resolutions, formats, mov and mp4, pal and ntsc… noe of the files will play on the iPad: “unsupported file format”. I see just the first frame, when I click on the > button, I get the loading circle thing, but it never stops and starts playing…. the same files are just fine on my Macbook and on PC. ”

DJI Mavic Pro

To answer above listed question, we should be clear of two points: Can iPad handle 4K resolution video and what file types does iPad support to playback. The following part will illustrate those 2 points with you in detailed information.

Can iPad handle 4K resolution video?

Currently, only iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4 have the capability to handle video with 4K resolution. For those people who are using previous version of iPad like iPad Mini 3/2, iPad 4/3/2 or iPad Air to view 4K video, your iPad will automatically downscale 4K to 1080p, however, due to additional processing the video player software on your iPad has to do to display the 4K video, the results may be worse than if you play native 1080p video.

What file types can iPad support to playback?

Sometimes, even you happens to have a iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 4 at hand, you may still to play Mavic Pro 4K video on those series iPad. The main reason is that iPad also has other strict requirements on the file format and file parameters like codec, frame rate, bit rate, sample rate, etc on the 4K video that’s been played on them.

From Apple’s official page, we get the information that iPad Pro/Air 2/iPad Mini 4 can perfectly playback 4K video meet the following standards:
H.264 video up to 4K, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AACLC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio or Dolby Audio up to 1008 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo or multichannel audio, in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Detailed specification of Mavic Pro 4K video

Container format: MOV
Compress Codec: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Video Resolution and frame rate: DCI 4K (4096 x 2160): 24p/UHD 4K (3840 x 2160): 24/25/30p
Video bit rate: 60Mbps

From above listed information, we can see that although the 4K video recorded with DJI Mavic Pro are using with compatible H.264 codec and MOV container file format, however, you will encounter other playback issue due to the unsupported frame rate, bit rate, sample rate, channels issues, etc.

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Playback Mavic Pro 4K on iPad with the best quality

To fix the profile incompatible issue of Mavic Pro 4K with iPad series, you can turn to help with Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (review), which not only assists you to convert Mavic Pro 4K H.264 MOV file video to iPad Pro/iPad Air 2/iPad Mini 4 compatible 4K H.264 video codec, AAC audio codec, 30 fps video bit rate, 160 audio bit rate, 48kHz audio sample rate. But also facilitates you to compress 4K to 1080p by producing compatible HD file formats with perfect quality for smoothly enjoying on previous versions of iPad models like iPad Mini 3/2, iPad Air, iPad 4/3/2, etc.

Adjust output video aspect ratio

The 4K video recorded with Mavic Pro uses an aspect ratio of 16:9 which doesn’t match the display screen of iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 4, therefore, you will see black bars around the 4K video when viewing on those iPad models, never mind, you can use the programs built-in crop function to change the output 4K video aspect ratio to let them fit with your iPad.

Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is pretty simple to use, anyone can learn to use it in minutes. In addition, it has perfect compatibility with the new Mac operation system – macOS Sierra. You can safely download and install it on your computer since it won’t trick you into installing adware or spyware. What’s more, the quality of the converted video is identical to the original video.

How to Convert and Compress DJI Mavic Pro 4K Video for Playing on All iPad Series?

Step 1: Load Mavic Pro 4K video into the program.

Start the program on your computer, on the main interface, click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from Folder” to load Mavic Pro 4K video into the program. You can also directly drag the files to the program’s main panel.

Load Mavic Pro 4K video

Step 2: Choose output file format.

If you are using the previous iPad model, it would be much ideal for you to compress 4K video to 1080p by output iPad playable 1080p file formats by following “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category, make sure to change the output file resolution as “1920*1080″ or “1080*720″ in the program’s “profile settings” window.

Output iPad supported HD file formats

If you try to play Mavic Pro 4K video on iPad Pro/Air 2/Mini 4, then you can use the program to output those iPad models playable 4K video from “Common Video” > “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)”.

Then, click “Settings” on the main interface to adjust output profile settings to make them fit with your iPad, you can set the output video codec as “h264″, audio codec as “aac”, video frame rate as “30fps”, audio sample rate as 48000hz, audio bit rate as 160000bps to make them fit with iPad 4K settings. If you choose to output to stereo audio or Dolby Audio, please set audio samplebit rate as 1008000bps and sample rate as 48000Hz.

Step 3: Change output 4K video apsect ratio.

Go the “Crop” tab in the “Video Editor” Window, switch to the “Advanced Mode”. To change output video aspect ratio, there are several aspect ratios for you to choose from, including 16:10, 16:9, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, and 2:1, you can choose iPad accepted aspect ratio. Once you select a “Display aspect ratio”, the “green crop frame” will keep this ratio to crop video and you are able to preview the final effect in real time. If you want to keep the same aspect ratio in your final output files, do remember to set the Video “Size (pix)” in “Settings” section as the same ratio as display aspect ratio.

Change output 4K video apsect ratio

Step 3: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to begin the conversion from Mavic Pro 4K video to iPad series supported file formats and settings conversion process.

When the conversion is completed, feel free to sync files from iTunes to iPad Pro/Air 2/Mini 4 or previous model for watching on the move.

Further Reading:
Play DJI Phantom 4 Pro 4K (H.265) videos on iPad
Watch 4K UHD Video on iPad Air 2
What is the difference between DJI Phantom 4 and DJI Mavic
Import DJI Mavic Pro 4K video to iMovie for Editing
Different Ways to Play MP4 Video on iPad
Play DJI 4K videos to iPad series
DJI Mavic Pro Review, 4K Video Playing, Editing and Sharing Tips


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